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How To Remove Auto Glass Scratches

A single scratch across your windshield is enough to ruin the beautiful look of your car. Additionally, even something as simple as a scratch can pose a risk to you since it can reflect sunlight into your eyes, temporarily blinding you.

If you have scratches on your windshield, you will undoubtedly be looking for ways to get rid of them. Luckily there are a few remedies that you can try out. For scratches that are not too deep, they should be quite effective.

Acrylic Scratch Remover

This type of scratch remover is very effective if you're dealing with light scratches. The substance is applied in the area that is affected and rubbed in with a wet microfiber cloth. You can also use super-fine sandpaper, i.e. 600-grit or higher. Once the substance dries up, it will be hard and transparent, thus, forming a protective layer on top of the scratched area.

Some people who can't access this product use a glass scrub product instead, which is usually used when removing grime and stains that are persistent. The best method of application is to work on small areas at a time. The scratch remover shouldn't be applied directly. Instead, it should be poured onto the microfiber cloth first.

Cerium Oxide

If you have a scratch that's more than a slight graze but below 50 microns, cerium oxide is the solution you need. This is a chemical that's usually used by people who work with jewelry and ceramics. It has very low abrasiveness and is frequently used to polish glass, ceramic, and metal items.

The chemical comes as a powder that's mixed with water to form a paste. The paste is then applied to the scratched area and polished using a polishing wheel attached to a hand drill. If done properly, you should end up with a windscreen that's free from the scratches.

When to Talk to a Professional

Although there are many people who've achieved good results with methods such as these, there is no guarantee it will work on your scratches. If the scratches in your windshield are much deeper or if these methods fail to work, your only option is to go to an auto glass repair shop for auto glass replacement or repair.

With professionals taking care of the problem, the chances of success are much higher. You should also consider professional help if you don't have the tools or time to take on the lighter scratches on your own.